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VyprVPN Review

Rank #5
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Ryan Glenn | VPN Expert
Updated November 1, 2020

VyprVPN is a widely popular VPN service that boasts over 2 million users worldwide. VyprVPN offers a lot and claims to have everything you ever want in a VPN especially privacy. In this deep dive review, we will answer those questions from security, geoblocking, speed, streaming, and more.

What's in this Review?

Highlights
Pros and Cons
Privacy
Security
Server Locations
Streaming & Torrenting
Speed
Censorship
Ease of use
Pricing
Verdict

Highlights

Server Size
700+, 200,000 IP Addresses

Server Locations
64 Countries

VPN protocol and Encryption
OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, WireGuard, Chameleon(Proprietary) Protocols; AES-256 bit Encryption

App Compatibility
Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Fire TV

Router Compatibility
Yes, installing the VPN on a compatible router is recommended to secure all devices without the need for downloading an app on each device or worrying about simultaneous device limitations. This is great for gaming consoles, smart TVs, and streaming devices.

Streaming
Unblocks popular streaming platforms including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and more

Logging Policy
Strict Zero Logging Policy

Support
24/7 Live Support

Pros
  • Strong miltary grade encryption (256-bit AES)
  • Excellent privacy jurisdiction
  • Chameleon protocol bypasses censored countries
  • Variety of protocols including WireGuard
  • VPN apps for range of platforms
  • Torrenting P2P optimized servers
  • 24/7 customer support
Cons
  • Fire TV App connection issues
  • No iOS Kill Switch
  • Monthly plan slightly expensive
  • No browser extensions
  • Limited tutorial videos

Privacy

VyprVPN is headquartered in the Switzerland this is ideal for location for a VPN provider as countries like British Virgin Islands, Panama are known for not sharing intelligence with other countries which make it a privacy haven. VyprVPN is not required whatsoever to share any information or report any storange of data. This is great as they are not part of the the 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, or 14 Eyes surveillance alliances. On the countrary countries like the US share their info

Zero logging policy

VyprVPN does not track any personally identifiable activity logs. This means all your data, browsing, and web traffic remains hidden and are not stored or logged anywhere.

VyprVPN is a zero log VPN Service. We do not record or retain any data when you use the VyprVPN Service. We engaged a respected security firm to audit our zero-log policy so users have third party validation of our logging policies. You can view the full audit VyprVPN Letter of Attestation and No Log Assessment by Leviathan

The only information they will ask you is the info you provide for your account which includes name, email address, phone number, and payment information.

Here is what VyprVPN does not collect as stated in their privacy policy:
  • We do not log a user's source IP address
  • We do not log the IP address assigned to the user when using VyprVPN
  • We do not log connection start or stop time.
  • We do not log a user's traffic or the content of any communications
  • We are network neutral. We do not discriminate against devices, protocols, or application
  • We do not throttle or rate limit your Internet connection

In 2018, VyprVPN commissioned an audit by Leviathan Security Group. The audit found some issues with how VyperVPN was handling some personal information. Immediately, Vyprvpn corrected the issues and later confirmed by Leviathan Security Group VyprVPN does not keep any personally identifying information. This is what we like to see in a VPN, an audit conducted on their policy and applications to confirm a true no-logs policy. The fact that there were issues and immediately corrected allows users to gain trust that the VPN company is truly private focused.

Security and Encryption

How secure is VyprVPN?

VyprVPN uses AES 256-bitencryption algorithm to hide your data. It’s the same encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government and used by security experts worldwide to protect classified information.

AES-256, which has a key length of 256 bits, supports the largest bit size and is practically unbreakable by brute force based on current computing power, making it the strongest encryption standard.

256-bit keys means 2^256 or 1.1 x 10^77 possible combinations. That’s 115,​792,​089,​237,​316,​195,​423,​570,​985,​008,​687,​907,​853,​269,​984,​665,​640,​560,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000 combinations! A brute-force attack on a 256-bit keyspace is simply infeasible, even if all the world’s most powerful supercomputers ran for as long as the universe has existed so far, billions and billions of times over.

Protocols

OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon. The Chameleon is their proprietary protocol that utilizes the OpenVPN 256-bit protocol but scrambles the metadata to prevent censored countries from blocking their VPN in other words obstruction to hide the fact that your using a VPN.

Kill Switch

One of the security features VyprVPN offers is a kill switch. The kill switch is an advanced security measure, which prevents your data from leaking to the web. If your VPN connection is ever interrupted, the kill switch will immediately stop traffic from entering or leaving your device. By halting all online activity, the kill switch keeps your personal information from being exposed to your internet service provider (ISP) or other prying eyes.

The kill switch is available for Android, Windows, and MacOS but not available for iOS.

VyprVPN DNS

VyprVPN allows you to use their no-log DNS servers instead of your ISP resolving DNS requests. This is great as it ensure 100% protection from your ISP and third parties.

Malware blocker

VyprVPN provides a malware blocker to blocker

"Block Malicious Sites is a feature in VyprVPN that blocks websites associated with malware that could be harmful to your device. Content Blocking will show as a Key icon or active connection in your Notification Bar as it utilizes local VPN services."

You can find these features in the customization settings.

VyprVPN advanced settings

Server Locations

VyprVPN has plenty of server locations with their individual IP Addresses for your needs. They offer 700+ servers, 200,000 IP Addresses, 64 countries in 70+ locations. VyprVPN has 30 locations in Europe, 14 locations in Asia, 10 locations in North America, 5 in the Middle East, 5 in Oceania, 4 in South America, 3 in Central America, 2 in Africa. You can find a list of all their servers here

VyprVPN server locations

Streaming

VyperVPN does a great job for streaming and does a great job of bypassing geoblocks while unblocking a few Netflix libraries including British, Canadian, Japanese, and German Netflix. I tested many of their server locations and all had no problem acessing Netflix, one of the toughest geoblocking services. VyperVPN has optimized servers for streaming

Other streaming platforms that I had no problem with:

  • Hulu
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • HBO
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Disney +
  • Kodi
Torrenting

VyprVPN is great for torrenting as all there servers allow P2P filesharing. They have optimized servers for torrenting. The Kill Switch feature is nice to have the extra security. Make sure the kill switch is enabled in the VPN app.

Speed test results

VyprVPN has fast local speeds, plenty enough for 4K streaming. We conducted a speed test, first by testing local speeds from New York and secondly international speeds. We tested 4 international server locations which are UK, Australia, Japan, and Canada.

We capped our speeds at 100 Mbps to compare VPN results and then by calculating a % loss between our baseline and resulting speeds to understand how much the VPN affected our speeds. The starting baseline speed with no VPN for upload is 94.38 Mbps and download is 85.74 Mbps.

One thing to note when I selected a server furthest away from my location the speed slightly decreases. The longer your traffic travels the slower your speeds will be, however, the best VPNs will mitigate the effects and ideally, you won't even notice the difference at all.

Server Location Download Upload Ping
US - New York 71.59 Mbps (24.15% loss) 58.31 Mbps (31.99% loss) 14 ms
UK - London 63.83 Mbps (32.37% loss) 34.48 Mbps (59.79% loss) 74 ms
AU - Sydney 27.47 Mbps (70.89% loss) 12.52 Mbps (85.4% loss) 367 ms
JP - Tokyo 37.13 Mbps (60.66% loss) 24.57 Mbps (71.34% loss) 145 ms
CA - Toronto 68.84 Mbps (27.06% loss) 49.58 Mbps (42.17% loss) 22 ms

Geoblocking, How well does it fare in China?

Finding a VPN in China is difficult, China has tough restrictions and government surveillance. Some VPN's are not powerful enough to bypass these restrictions and are blocked from accessing VPN sites and apps. In countries with advanced censorship, infrastructure will run what is DPI (deep packet inspection) and will determine if packets belong to a VPN. VPNs have to do more than just encrypt data that is why VyprVPN uses their Chameleon protocol to bypass censorship. We recommend VyprVPN for bypassing censored countries like Iran, Oman, Turkey, and the UAE. Ensure to use the Chameleon protocol in restrictive countries.

Ease of Use and Support

VyprVPN makes it very simple and easy to use across all platforms. It is very easy to use their interface which is consistent very similar across platforms while the advanced features are easy to access.

VyprVPN server locations
Split Tunneling

PIA has a split tunnel feature for all platforms which allows you to route some of your device or app traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel while other traffic through your local IP without VPN protection. This is a good feature for apps or websites that are safe, that way you don't bottleneck your VPN traffic and slow down your speeds.

Browser extensions

They do not offer browser extensions, however we recommended using a full VPN rather than a browser extension in most cases.

There are also plenty of FAQs, getting started guides, and troubleshooting on their webiste for additional help. However they do not have video tutorials like other VPN providers. We would like them to update with more user friendly guides.

Customer Support

VyprVPN has 24/7 live chat support and email support.

Pricing

VyprVPN pricing is straight forward, they offer three different plans. Each plan includes all of the features and functionality they offer so there is no upselling. They have two friendly budget plans but the monthly plan is more expensive than other VPNs but you can take advantage of a longer subscription for a lower monthly fee. They offer a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Payment methods

This is unfortunate they dont offer any forms of cryptocurrency for users that want quickly and easily keep their anonymity. Here are their payment types:

  • credit/debit card
  • Paypal
  • UnionPay

Verdict

8.4
Privacy & Security
Speed & Reliability
Streaming & Torrenting
Advanced Features
Usability & Support

There are a few hits and misses with VyperVPN but overall they offer a high-quality product. VyperVPN hits on bypassing geo-blocks, torrenting, streaming, gaming, encryption, and security however they are not the fatest VPN, they need more anonymous payment methods, no iOS VPN kill switch, and their monthly plan is a tad expensive. All and all VyperVPN secures your data and keeps you private.

Bottom Line

VyprVPN shines with it's proprietary Chameleon protocol, iron-clad encryption, and the ability to offer a high class product.
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